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Congress needs lessons from sports

After four horrible seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars canned their general manager. The Bears missed the playoffs, and now Lovie Smith is unemployed. And now Andy Reid, once called "coach for life" by the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, is out of work.

January 02, 2013 | BY JASON STANFORD | Columnists


Ellinwood to have Red Cross blood drive

ELLINWOOD - The Red Cross will have an Ellinwood Community blood drive at St. Joseph Parish center, 110 W. 2nd St. from 2-7 p.m. on Jan. 14.

January 02, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


EGS receives visit from Mrs. Claus

January 02, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


HHS debaters honored

HOISINGTON - Recently, Hoisington High School sophomore Brandy Bodine and freshmen Robbie Willesden were named the Outstanding Debaters of the Cardinal Debate Team this past season. Robbie and Brandy, along with junior Jenny Fercking, earned letters in debate. All three were novice (first year) debaters.

January 02, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Charities Need Your Help All Year Round

While Obama moves his fiscal chess pieces toward the inevitable cliff (or more like a boat ramp), and the sad and equally inevitable failed ideas of gun control stain newspapers and online news sites, I would like to take this moment to address America's most generous contributors of time, talent and treasure to charities - conservatives.

January 01, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Tips offered in times of low temperatures

TOPEKA – As winter weather chills the state, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging all Kansans to be safe and exercise caution when temperatures drop below freezing.

January 01, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Kenneth Jeno

BELLEVILLE – Kenneth Jeno, 74, died Dec. 29, 2012. Born in Rice County, Minn., he was the son of Herbert and Charlotte (Johnson) Jeno. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


Gene W. Boomhower 1933 - 2012

DIGHTON - Gene W. Boomhower, 79, died Dec. 29, 2012, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton. Born March 15, 1933, in Hoisington, he was the son of J.E. "Toots" and Amalia (Boxberger) Boomhower. Gene graduated from Hoisington High School with the Class of 1951. On March 23, 1952, he married Marlene Susank in Hoisington. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge he returned to Barton County to farm with his father and in 1963 moved to Lane County and was a lifelong farmer. He and Marlene celebrated their 60th wedding ...

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


Happy New Year Mr. President

LA JOLLA - Happy New Year, everybody, and God bless America.

January 01, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Maxine C. Rogers 1911 - 2012

Maxine C. Rogers, 101, died Dec. 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 27, 1911 in Larned, she was the daughter of John William and Salina Ann (Ferree) Grizzle. On Jan. 2, 1932 she married Preston James Rogers in Ellinwood. He died on May 3, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1929, coming from Larned, she was a homemaker.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


New Year's Toast

January 01, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Ode 2 2012

And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed "L for loser" sign above our heads. "So long. See ya. Don't let the door slam you in the butt on the way out. And if you got any brothers or sisters, don't give them this address."

January 01, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Norman W. Chakir 1918 - 2012

Norman W. Chakir, 94, died Dec. 30, 2012, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 8, 1918, at Ellis, the son of William A. and Louise (Schoenthaler) Chakir. Norman married Mildred Kohlmeier in 1944, in Ellinwood. She passed away in 1974. He then married Hilda Griffith on March 10, 1981, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


Lela Wilson

Lela Wilson, 102, died Dec. 31, 2012, at Sterling House Of Great Bend, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


Curtis T. Smith 1952 - 2012

SALINA - Curtis T. Smith, 60, of Salina, passed away Dec. 28, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1952, in Hays, he was the son of Charley T. and Della Lorene (Musselman) Smith. He worked as an engineer with Union Pacific for 41 years. A skilled craftsman, he enjoyed building things, loved to play golf and was politically passionate.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


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USD 428 mileage reimbursement

Great Bend Unified School District 428 will be paying mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 miles or more from their designated school (by way of the shortest route). The rate of reimbursement will be determined at a later date.

April 26, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Activities

Tuesday

April 26, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Does a Reverse Mortgage Make Sense for You?

The recent economic challenges have affected many retired individuals' ability to pay for everyday living expenses as well as major unexpected expenses. Because many Americans have put such a high emphasis on home ownership, the majority of their wealth may be tied up in home equity, limiting their ability to access money to pay expenses. For many individuals in this circumstance, reverse mortgages are attractive because of their ability to provide access to home equity, while retaining the borrower's right to live in their home. However, reverse mortgages are complex financial products that carry significant impacts on the long ...

April 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.

April 26, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Vernon Dirks 90th

Vernon Dirks will celebrate his 90th birthday on May 9, with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albert City Building, across the street east from the Farmers Bank in Albert. Hosts for the event will be his daughters, Carolyn Humburg and husband Tom, of Great Bend, and Charlene Miller of Monument, Colo. and his son Gerald Dirks of Albert.

April 26, 2015 | | Birthdays


Canady — Reed

Ricky and Cecilea Canady of Union City, Okla. announce the engagement of their daughter Laura Marie Canady to Wesley Allen Reed, son of Steven and Heather Reed of El Reno, Okla. The bride-elect is the granddaughter to the late Robert and Mary Dyer. The prospective groom is the grandson of Jack Jenkins of Dodge City, Iris Jenkins of Great Bend, and the late Walter and Laura Reed.

April 26, 2015 | | Engagements


Murphy baby girl

Reid Murphy and Danielle Johnson of Nixa, Mo. announce the birth of their daughter Addilyn Mae Murphy on March 18 in Springfield, Mo. She weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20 1/2 in. long.

April 26, 2015 | | Births


Special Needs Calendar

Tuesday

April 26, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Club Calendar

Monday

April 26, 2015 | | Club News


BPAA announces 2015 Bowling Industry Service Award winners

The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announces the recipients of the 2015 Bowling Industry Service Awards, the most prestigious awards presented by the bowling industry.

April 26, 2015 | | Business


Specialty crop growers

Maintaining the rich heritage of agricultural stewardship in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has teamed up with DriftWatch, an online mapping tool, to protect the state's specialty crops.

April 26, 2015 | | Agriculture


Nightcrawlers

Lately, I have been getting many calls with people concerned with small mounds in their turf, making it difficult to mow, work or play in their yard. Most of the time, the issue is earthworms that are very active at this time of year. In my research, I came across this short piece of information on nightcrawlers, from the K-State Entomology department. I thought I would share this to give more infomation about these beneficial but sometimes annoying worms.

April 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Stockman’s instincts rooted in the heart

Farmer stockmen possess a burning desire to care for their livestock. A few years back, I witnessed this dedication on a dairy in Franklin County.

April 26, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


100 year-old mill to run again May 2nd and 3rd

Experience the sights and sounds of Kansas milling, at the Old Mill Museum's Millfest, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 and from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday May 3, in Lindsborg when the region's oldest flour mill springs to life once again. Millers direct operations, as visitors ages 13 and up tour the 100 year old mill in action. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for ages 6-12, and under 6 are free. Admission includes a mill tour for those ages 13 and up. Tours are limited to this group as ...

April 26, 2015 | | Local Life


Danceography recital

Danceography studios upcoming Spring 2015 Showcase, "The Best is Yet To Come", will be held at 7 p.m. on May 2 and 3 p.m. on May 3, at the Hoisington High School Auditorium, 218 E. 7th Street. Tickets are available at the door for $5 until the auditorium is sold out. Competition dances will be performed by, MaryBeth Thill of Ellinwood - 1st place in Jazz and 1st overall in her age category; Tricia Schremmer of Hoisington - 1st place in Jazz; Maddy Hayden of Great Bend - 1st place in Lyrical and 3rd overall in her age category; and Taylor ...

April 26, 2015 | | Business


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